Yemen Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Yemen Country Overview

Where is Yemen located? The state of Yemen is located in the far south of the Arabian Peninsula in the Near East. The time zone map shows in which world time zone the countries of the world are located. This classification is based on longitude. Yemen is located on the time zone map in a time zone called “Arabia Standard Time” (AST). There, the regional time is 3 hours ahead of the coordinated world time. One then speaks of a standard difference from UTC+3. In summer there is no time shift to daylight saving time.

Yemen National Flag

Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Yemen is 29,884,405, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 29,884,405
Population growth rate 2.04%
Birth rate 28.40 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall life expectancy 64.47 years
Men life expectancy 62.39 years
Women life expectancy 66.65 years
Age structure
0-14 years 39.16%
15-64 years 58.04%
65 years and above 2.80%
Median age 18.90 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 1.03
Population density 56.60 residents per km²
Urbanization 25.60%
mainly Arabs, but also Afro-Arabs, South Asians, Europeans
Muslims including Shaf’i (Sunni) and Zaydi (Shi’a), as well as Jews, Christians and Hindus in small numbers
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.463
HDI ranking 177th out of 194

People in Yemen

The population in Yemen is growing steadily. Many people are very young, almost half of them are under 15 years of age. On average, every woman has 3.91 children, which is a lot. Most of the residents are Arabs. A few Bedouins who roam the country with their herds of cattle also live in Yemen. There are also always refugees, for example from Somalia. Many people try to save themselves in boats in Yemen. In Yemen they mostly live in camps. In addition, there are now many refugees from their own country who are referred to as internally displaced persons.

34 out of 100 people live in cities. More and more people are moving from the countryside to the city in the hope of finding better living conditions there.

Languages in Yemen

Standard Arabic is used as the language. But there are also different dialects, such as that of the Bedouins, and also languages ​​from the south of Arabia. English is mostly taught as a foreign language. However, only a few and more educated people in the big cities speak this.

Religions in Yemen

Most of the people in Yemen are Muslim and the majority of them are Sunnis. But not a few, more than 30 out of 100, are also Shiites. The Islam is the state religion in Yemen. Officially there is such a thing as freedom of belief, but this is not implemented everywhere.